Hayward Finds New Role off Jazz Bench
Since most of us aren’t professional basketball players, we can only imagine how a young player must feel when he’s moved to a bench role after previously being a starter. It’s no stretch to think such action could result in feelings of resentment or compromise budding confidence. In the case of Gordon Hayward of the Utah Jazz, neither scenario has materialized.
“Whatever the team needs me to do is what I’m willing to do and just try to help us win games,” Hayward told HOOPSWORLD. “That’s the most important part. For us right now, it’s with me coming off the bench, so I’m willing and accepting that role.”
“I think he’s been more aggressive since he’s come off the bench,” noted (Ty) Corbin. “It’s a group he can lead a little bit more and have the ball in his hands and not just make plays for himself but plays for his teammates as well.”
“I think him coming off the bench is a big thing for him,” said Al Jefferson. “He’s the leader of that second unit.”